The pope said in a speech last Friday that there is no Islamic terror but ‘the ecological crisis is real’. He started out by indicating ‘No people is criminal or drug-trafficking or violent’, in absolute contradiction with Scriptures. Leftist religions teach that people are fundamentally good, but the Bible says we’re fallen men and women and it all started with the fall of Adam. We’re all born sinners. The word of Francis is in direct conflict with the Word of God.
Who would you rather believe?
The pope also indicated that ‘the poor and the poorer peoples are accused of violence yet, without equal opportunities, the different forms of aggression and conflict will find a fertile terrain for growth and will eventually explode.’, which is also in direct conflict with Scriptures. Jesus teaches us to be compassionate and avoid sin. It’s not POVERTY that makes people violent – it’s the LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOD. When you don’t have the Holy Spirit in you, violence is an option. Look at the U.C. Berkeley riots. Look at Planned Parenthood's massacre of the unborn – these are all acts of EVIL.
Murderers are not murders because they kill – they KILL BECAUSE they’re MURDERERS.
Thieves are not thieves because they steal – they STEAL BECAUSE they’re THIEVES.
Much like dark is the absence of light, evil is the absence of GOD in your life.
With Pope Francis’ views on the ‘ecological crisis’ he’s also DENYING GOD.
You see, when you believe in Jesus Christ like I do, you don’t worry too much about ‘ecological crises’. We, true Christians, know that GOD IS IN CONTROL. Nothing is a surprise to Him – not even Islamic terrorism.
If the Pope was really a Christian, he’d know that God's created this universe – Genesis 1:1 reads: ‘In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth’. Everyone who believes in God accepts the Bible as the TRUTH. If the Pope was really a Christian, he would teach you that, since God has created this world, God also controls everything that happens and if He wanted to blow it up tomorrow, He would because He is SOVEREIGN.
But the Bible doesn’t say anywhere that God will blow it up tomorrow. It does describe, in the Book of Revelation, the end of this world – not before He pulls all who believe in Him out of this world up to join Him in heaven. This world will end and Jesus will come back. Before He does, people like this Pope – unbelievers – will go through the period of tribulation and suffer all sorts of atrocities, caused by their unbelieving friends. It’s going to be total chaos. We, Christians, will be SAFE with Jesus Christ. Unbelievers will go through hell…and there won’t be any Christians to help out…
This Pope isn’t in the business of teaching Scriptures. How many times does he mention Jesus in his speeches? How many times has he taught ANY book of the Bible at all? Does he talk about Esther? Does he teach about John? Have you heard him say anything about Daniel? Or Samuel? Or David? Or Matthew? Or the Book of Romans or Revelation?
Of course not.
The pope is in business alright – in the business of expanding socialism….
The Roman Catholic view of the ‘infallibility of the Pope’, developed by corrupt popes in response to Martin Luther’s Reformation movement, was formally adopted in the First Vatican Council of 1869-1870, and it’s the doctrine this Pope is USING to pass his own erroneous views as TRUTH.
Friend, not only does Islamic terrorism exist, but the ‘ecological crisis’ is a fallacy too. This pope is LYING because he has an agenda – a personal, communist, and globalist agenda. This pope is a FALSE PROPHET.
But ALWAYS remember this:
GOD IS IN CONTROL
Whether you believe in God or not is really irrelevant, because God is in control regardless. He knows your thoughts, He knows your desires, He knows we’re sinners – but He is a MERCIFUL God. Without His Grace, there is no way that I would be saved – I’m SO GRATEFUL to Jesus for saving me.
The pope is just another human being – not the ‘holy father’ as he calls himself. He’s not your father – if anything, he’s your brother. We must love him anyway simply because God has created him too. But he’s not infallible. The WORD OF GOD is infallible.
1 Thessalonians 2:13
And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.
Author: Daniela R.
You may have seen Obama’s last tweet as president: ‘I’m still asking you to BELIEVE’ he said. In fact, he used the word ‘believe’ not once, not twice, but THREE times in his last tweet. BELIEVE, BELIEVE, BELIEVE in change. You may remember, he ran on ‘Change you can BELIEVE in’ 8 years ago.
The choice of word is not accidental. The left asks you to:
In sum, liberals ask you to believe anything BUT Jesus.
Why would the left use a RELIGIOUS approach to recruit?
The answer is quite simple:
We all are born with a CONSCIENCE
Conscience is that part of our heart that tells us when to feel GUILTY or PLEASED with our actions, thoughts and words. We’re born with MORALS. And if we have morals, somebody or something put it in us….consequently:
We’re born to BELIEVE…
Years ago Bruce Hood, professor of developmental psychology at Bristol University in the UK, conducted a research that revealed that supernatural beliefs are hardwired into our brains from birth. It’s not surprising because even lost tribes in the middle of Africa with no connection to any form of western civilization have gods they worship.
And the left knows very well that human beings are born to believe in SOMETHING.
Now, we all know that DECEIT is the left’s most powerful weapon – so they will try to get you to believe in anything but Jesus, the left’s biggest threat.
I’m sure you’re familiar with the Biblical account of Adam and Eve and the tree of knowledge of good and evil and how the serpent deceived Eve.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman ‘ Did God actually say “You shall not eat of any tree in the garden”’. And the woman said to the serpent ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said “ You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die”’. But the serpent said to the woman ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil’. So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she too of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
The serpent managed to RECRUIT Eve – he influenced on her to BELIEVE she was going to be 'like God knowing good and evil' if she ate that fruit and everything was going to be OK. As we know, Adam and Eve weren't 'like God knowing good' and were kicked out of the Garden. And that’s when all our earthly problems started.
But my point is liberals, like the serpent, use a religious-like way of convincing people to believe things that aren’t true, or that are half-truths.
How can you tell true religion from a FALSE religion like democrat doctrine?
It’s really simpler than you think.
You see, Democrats use a ‘man-centered’ approach to their religion: ‘change you can believe in’, ‘believe in yourself’, ‘your ancestors were apes’, etc. They take one of your ‘feelings’ – despair, anger, jealousy, etc – and turn it into an ‘experience’ for you. Rioters smashing windows and cars during the Trump inauguration are a good example: they took their anger and the experience of smashing other people’s property made them feel good…at least for a few minutes.
The left wants you to ‘EXPERIENCE’ their faith – they want you to ‘FEEL’ a certain way.
But, you see, the 5-minute ‘pleasure’ of smashing somebody’s car is short-lived, and it really doesn’t give you anything of substance to really improve your life.
What gives you REAL POSITIVE CHANGE?
The answer is also quite simple: theology, which is a GOD-CENTERED approach to religion. When you put God at the center of your life, smashing windows is a no-no. And instead, you’ll BELIEVE what God says about you:
There’s a big difference between RELIGION and THEOLOGY – I choose theology.
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it”, when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
Author: Daniela R.
God works in mysterious ways, they say. And it’s true. A recent report issued by Voice of the Martyrs, Canada, indicates that Muslims are converting to Christianity by the thousands.
‘There are thousands upon thousands coming to Christ. We are in regular contact with our FM stations in Iraq and have talked with many people who have family in the Middle East. Some of our Middle Eastern broadcasters have shared testimonies [about many turning to Christ] with us, which they hear directly from listeners when visiting there ...’ a spokesperson of the Voice of the Martyrs said to BosNewsLife.
In Iran, in spite of the deadly persecution, it is estimated that there are now 360,000 Christians, up from roughly 500 in 1979.
God works in mysterious ways, indeed.
You see, the fact of the matter is, persecution leads to CONVERSION more than it leads to EXTINCTION of Christians.
Think about it this way - every person on this planet is doing either of two things:
He’s either running TOWARDS Jesus, or he’s running FROM Jesus
There are really no other options. Christians are running TOWARDS Jesus. Atheists, Muslims, Liberals, Agnostics, Buddhists, followers of transcendental meditation or Scientology or astrology are ALL running FROM Jesus. The last thing they want is to hear about Jesus.
During times of reasonable peace, when you don’t hear about beheadings as much, each one of us would typically continue on our path towards or from Jesus – we go to work, we pay our bills, we watch movies and depending on which direction we go, we may not really be thinking much about Him and how blessed we are to have a job, a family and friends, or we may thank Him every day of our life.
But then, people around the world start witnessing these horrible terrorist acts – not against governments, or institutions, or a political system like the old IRA (Irish Republican Army), or the Bolsheviks – but against Christians. Against people who all they want to do is read their Bibles and worship God. That’s all.
Now, instead of Christians submitting to these terrorists and convert to Islam, they CHOOSE to die horrible deaths.
So unbelievers, including Muslims, wonder: ‘why don’t they just convert to Islam? Why die for Jesus? Isn’t that crazy?’
After a while these unbelievers get a little bit more curious and start reading about Jesus. And that’s when they fully understand why people are willing to be martyred for Him.
In Laos, for example, according to Voice of the Martyrs, conversion happens because people ‘understand the importance of God’s love towards them as an individual. Many have never really experienced this form of love in their life and they have embraced the message of salvation willingly.’
Each period of harsh persecution leads to a period of Christian expansion, which in turn leads to more persecution as the leaders of certain regimes see Christians (or rather, Jesus) as a threat to their power. It happens in America too – Obama sees Jesus as a threat to his power. He is running FROM Jesus too.
God is building His Kingdom. And He uses evil leaders for His purpose. The Roman Empire is a good example of this. One of the reasons Christianity made it to Europe was because of Rome. As you know, it was the Roman Empire that conspired with religious leaders in Judea to crucify Jesus. Roman Governor Pontius Pilate and the Jewish leaders had Jesus arrested and in a mock trial condemned Him to death. Romans were not big fans of Jesus Christ for the same reasons Obama isn’t a big fan of Jesus: He was a threat to their power. But thanks to the roads that the Roman Empire in its majesty built as they conquered land, the apostles and their followers were able to travel all through Europe to bring the Gospel.
Without the evil Roman Empire, Christianity wouldn’t have made it into Europe and obviously, it wouldn’t have made it into America either...
Terrorism must be defeated, but make no mistake, it’s all part of God’s plan. Nothing is a surprise to Him – to us it is, but not to Him.
So, are you running TOWARDS Jesus or FROM Jesus?
If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before it hated you.
Author: Daniela R.
Trust me – I’ve been on both sides. I was an unbeliever and now I’m a believer. Life was much harder when I was an unbeliever.
I know what you’re going to say – hard NOT to be a Christian? Who’s ISIS mass-murdering? CHRISTIANS! So being a Christian is probably harder than not being a Christian, right?
Yes, ISIS is targeting Christians – but they’re also targeting all other ‘infidels’. Unless you’re a Muslim, they’ll try to kill you sooner or later.
But most unbelievers think that if they convert they’ll have to give up a lot – fun, sex, prosperity. In sum, they’ll have to start behaving and that’s a problem.
I’m going to give you TWO reasons why NOT being a Christian is a problem.
The first reason is SLAVERY
Unbelievers are slaves – slaves to whatever it is they worship. Some worship money, some worship sex, some worship themselves. In my case, it was money. I’m an options trader and an Investor – I’ve been in Finance for 17 years. And while I’m very successful at what I do, the truth is I’m not taking one cent with me when I die.
The perspective of an unbeliever is short term – they want as much money (or sex, or pleasure, or fun, or drugs, or alcohol, or work!) as they can in THIS life. Because it’s THIS life the only one that the unbeliever has.
But when you convert and look at your life from God’s perspective, everything changes. Not that you don’t have fun, or sex or alcohol or money. No. You still have all of that – but you FREE YOURSELF from all of these things because your perspective changes.
You will be blessed, like I am, with a family and money and friends – but quite frankly, other than your family and friends, the rest of whatever it is you’re a slave to, you will not take to heaven with you. Only people will go to heaven. Not your work, or your career or your money. Just people.
So the best you can do in THIS life is to prepare for your NEXT life. You have to change your perspective so that you free yourself from the earthly idols that you have and live a joyful life now while you wait for God to take you home. Non-believers are slaves to whatever they put at the top of their priorities. And when they don't get enough of what they want, they suffer. They want more and more and more of the object of their desires - it's never enough and so they're never truly joyful. They may be happy for a while, but they don't have JOY in their lives.
We, believers, put God at the top of our priorities and everything falls into place. Joy is guaranteed.
Slavery to your vices is the first reason why NOT being a Christian is more difficult than being a Christian.
The second reason is PROBLEMS.
You see, whether or not you’re a Christian, YOU WILL DEFINITELY FACE PROBLEMS IN THIS LIFE. All of us do. When unbelievers face big problems, they typically turn to desperation, depression, alcoholism, drugs, etc. Whether those problems are health issues or money issues or relationship issues, the unbeliever finds himself solving the problem ALONE. And if the problem is too big, he might sink into desperation – some of them even commit suicide.
Being a Christian is no guarantee that you won’t have problems – we are, after all, the top targets for ISIS. But we face issues differently. We know God is in control. Problems, we know, are there to make us stronger. They’re there to teach us something. They’re there for a reason. They're no fun, of course. But we understand there is a PURPOSE for them. And if our enemy is ISIS, we know that ultimately God will deliver us – because we have the long term perspective. We’re saved and we’ll meet the Lord face to face one day. We have the PROMISE of SALVATION.
We deal with our problems differently – sure, we may fall into depression as well, and we may feel sorry for ourselves from time to time. But ultimately, we get out of depression much faster than a non-believer because we TRUST GOD.
It’s hard NOT to be a Christian because unbelievers are slaves to their idols and because when facing problems, they’re more likely to fall into some sort of addiction.
It’d be so much better for unbelievers to understand what they’re missing out on is, really, the GOODNESS OF GOD.
The long term PERSPECTIVE that frees us from slavery and GOD’S PROMISE OF DELIVERANCE makes being a Christian so much easier...
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah. Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Author: Daniela R.
The terror attacks in Istanbul on January 1st, which ISIS claimed responsibility for, isn’t just a symptom that terrorism is a problem. Yes, terrorism is A problem, but it’s not THE problem. The problem is Islam.
I’m not a big fan of political correctness – we’re supposed to TOLERATE all religions, all ways of life, all thoughts. And that’s true – we are supposed to TOLERATE all of this, but it doesn’t mean that ALL religions are the TRUTH. It doesn’t mean that all ways of life are good for you and it doesn’t mean all thoughts are true.
For example, I could say that my dog is God. I could go out and start a new religion to worship my dog. But does it make it true? Surely you’ll think I’m crazy, but while you’ll tolerate me and my new religion, probably some of you might want to preach the Gospel to me so I give up on such a ridiculous idea that my dog is God.
Islam, my dear friend, is a FALSE religion – just like worshiping my dog would be. It’s a false religion that prioritizes WARFARE against us, the ‘infidels’. It’s a false religion whose main objective is to EXPAND into a GLOBAL CALIPHATE – much like the UN wants to expand its power to establish a NEW GLOBAL ORDER. Both the UN and Islam agree on a new global order – but they disagree on WHO will rule the world. Globalists want a communist dictator. Islam wants its ‘Madhi’, to impose sharia law.
The problem is Islam because of its IDEOLOGY. Islam is out of synch with FREEDOM. Islam is out of synch with PROGRESS. Islam is out of synch with PROSPERITY. Islam is out of synch with GOD!
The only religion that's in synch with FREEDOM is CHRISTIANITY - FREE WILL
Christianity is the ONLY religion where you can be truly FREE.
Islam is the result of the thought process of Prophet Muhammad in the 7th century. Muslims recognize Ishmael as their father. Do you know who Ishmael was? He was the son of Abraham – not the son God had promised Abraham and Sarah. No. He was the son Abraham had with his servant, Hagar. Abraham was too anxious and made the mistake to have a son with his own maid. God had made that promise years before Ishmael was born. Since nothing was happening, Abraham and Sarah thought they had to do something as they were already too old. Abraham wasn’t patient. And we all know what happens to us when we’re not patient – we usually make mistakes. So Abraham made a mistake.
Some 14 years later Abraham and Sarah did have their promised son – Isaac. But things didn’t go too well in the Abraham home. Ishmael, a teenager by now, used to make fun of baby Isaac and at some point Sarah kicked both Ishmael and Hagar out of the house.
According to Genesis 16:12 an angel told Hagar that Ishmael ‘shall be a wild man; his hand shall be against every man, and every man’s hand against him’.
Ishmael was predestined to bring trouble into this world…
The problem is Islam. It all started 4000 years ago with troublemaker Ishmael, and followed with Muhammad in 610 AC, the founder of a false religion that promotes Jihad.
We need to witness. We need to evangelize. If you worship Allah, you’re worshiping a FALSE GOD. If you worship my dog, you’re worshiping a FALSE GOD. If you worship money, you’re worshiping a FALSE GOD. It’s ALL called IDOLATRY.
But all your sins are forgiven if you REPENT and accept JESUS as YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR.
Moses, Abraham, David, the apostles – they were all HUMAN and they’d all SINNED. Moses, Abraham, Saul, David and the Jews from before Jesus didn’t have the advantage that we have today of knowing Jesus Christ. But we have this wonderful book, the Bible, which tells us all we need to be saved is BELIEVE on Jesus Christ.
We’re saved by GRACE through FAITH. Once you’re saved, you’ll see the light. You’ll know the TRUTH. And you won’t want to sin anymore. No more jihadists, no more murderers, no more thieves, no more rapists…if we all believe…
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Author: Daniela R.
Can you imagine walking into the UN and giving a speech to all the ambassadors and saying ‘the problem in this world is SIN’? What do you think would happen?
They’d probably laugh at you. But you know what? It’s the TRUTH. The problem with this world is truly sin. Every single problem we face as individuals or as a nation can be traced back to some sin.
Think about it:
And the list goes on and on and on. All of these things have one thing in common: they’re all SINS. And they’re all DESTROYING people.
Greed, pride, idolatry (self or otherwise), among others, are the ROOT CAUSE of everything bad that happens in the world. Everything.
The problem that you would have at the UN and the reason they’d laugh at you is because we have a generation today that doesn’t like the word sin. They’ve replaced it with ‘mistake’. In fact, there’s only one sin they’re willing to call sin and that’s you calling sin, sin. But everything else is just a ‘mistake’.
Psychologists say that we as people are the sum of our genes plus the environment. Therefore, if our genes are defective or our environment negatively impacted us, when we sin we’re not really sinning, we’re just making a mistake. We’re just sick. Even rapists who most likely were abused as children are justified - they're just victims they say, not sinful or evil.
Think about illegal immigration: why would liberals want more people than the economy can absorb and thus condemn our citizens AND the newcomers to poverty?
Why would liberals WANT MORE POVERTY?
The answer, of course, is simple:
THEY WANT MORE POWER!
Think about legal immigration: why would the Silicon Valley so desperately want H1B visas for cheap Asian engineers? Are they better than our own? Of course not. Asians are just cheaper than Americans.
Why would Silicon Valley companies WANT CHEAP LABOR?
The answer, of course, is simple:
THEY WANT MORE PROFITS AT YOUR EXPENSE!
Think about the narcissistic husband who cheats on his wife every time he gets a chance.
Why would he WANT TO CHEAT?
The answer, of course, is simple:
BECAUSE OF SELF-IDOLATRY!
Every single wrong doing is rooted in SIN. Every single one of them. And liberals promote all of these things – from teen pregnancy, to abortion, to greed.
Sin is a problem of the heart.
A thief isn’t a thief because he steals. He steals BECAUSE he is a thief.
A cheating husband isn’t a cheater because he cheats. He cheats BECAUSE he’s a cheater.
A rapist isn't a rapist because he rapes. He rapes BECAUSE he's a rapist.
A murderer isn’t a murderer because he kills. He kills BECAUSE he’s a murderer.
We are not who we are because of what we do. We do what we do because of who we are.
And we are what our heart tells us we are.
In order to solve the problem of sin, we need to look into our hearts and solve it there. A sinful heart needs a profound transformation – understanding right from wrong. But right or wrong according to what?
Right or wrong according to the Bible. No matter how hard the left wants to deny it.
We are all born sinners. In fact, a baby is the most self-centered, selfish, whining individual on earth. If he could, he’d beat you up over your shiny keychain. Good parenting will teach that child as he grows up that he needs to control himself and share his toys. And as we grow up we become somewhat civilized.
But some people reach adulthood without a full understanding of right and wrong. In a way, they’re not fully developed. Their hearts still crave for selfish fun, or more money or more power.
What can they do to continue their growth?
They need to turn to the Bible. There’s spiritual growth there that will give them the structure, the guidance and all the tools they need to live a joyful and prosperous life, staying away from SIN. The Bible teaches your heart everything it needs to know to thrive in this life as well as how to be saved from sin: by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick. Who can understand it? ‘I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds’
Author: Daniela R.
When Leftists mock Christians, they usually try to appeal to ‘reason’, pointing out that Christians must be really stupid and uneducated for believing in a ‘guy’ whom they have never seen.
As a former atheist, I’m going to tell you upfront that my conversion to Christianity had absolutely nothing to do with emotions and everything to do with REASON. My conversion started with Economics, followed by Politics and ended in Faith. I REASONED all my way to Jesus Christ.
You see, God makes sense. The existence of God makes sense and you cannot explain Creation without the Creator.
Just to give you a short version of my conversion let me tell you that I was born and raised a SOCIALIST – big government of any kind. Little by little I started listening to ‘the other side’ from an economic point of view.
Because as a Finance professional, I’ve learnt to appreciate numbers – either a company is making money or it isn’t; either a certain strategy is working or it isn’t…either a POLICY is working or it isn’t. Socialist policies, I determined, weren’t working.
So I became a fiscal Conservative – small government is really the only way.
Then, I realized that big government also has tremendous negative political implications on our freedom – big government tends to be abusive as our founding fathers came to realize, with the inevitable loss of your freedoms.
Think of it this way, Obamacare forces people to buy health insurance even if they don’t want to. Whether or not you need health insurance isn’t the point – the point is you really don’t have a choice. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. So I became a full Conservative.
Freedom took me to Christianity, as it really is its basis – free will. You’re never forced to become a Christian – it’s your choice.
Free markets and political freedom is in absolute synchrony with Christianity.
Christianity is the ONLY religion that’s in synch with freedom
Try burning the Cuban flag in Cuba or the ISIS flag in Syria…you get executed.
Later on, I studied Creation and compared it to Evolution, which as you know is just a theory and not science. The name itself is indicative we cannot really call it science: ‘The THEORY of Evolution’. Even Charles Darwin, its author, didn’t think of it as science.
Evolution doesn’t make sense (you can read more about it here), because the idea of an ape turning into a human being is simply ridiculous.
Then I thought – wait a minute…where does music come from? Where does shame or love or any other emotion come from? Our ancestors the apes?
I don't think so...
At this point I was even more curious and I started reading the Bible and listening to really good pastors.
But I still needed reassurance…which I’m now sharing with you.
Let me tell you why you should believe.
The 11 Apostles should convince you just like they convinced me - Simon Peter, James the Elder, John, Philip, Nathanael, James the Younger, Andrew, Matthew, Thomas, Jude and Simon.
These apostles all had different backgrounds: you find fishermen, a businessman, a political activist, a doubter, a cynic, a numbers guy (what we would call a Finance guy these days), a philosopher and even a tax collector among the apostles. You won’t find a more diverse group than these apostles.
But how did they manage to convince me?
Because they were ALL executed for their FAITH.
My friend, nobody would willingly DIE for a LIE.
People live for a lie, but they wouldn’t willingly die for a lie.
These folks suffered the most horrendous persecution and their deaths were unbelievably CRUEL. They died by hanging, they were crucified, they were sawn in pieces and Peter was crucified upside down! Do you think anyone would face such horrible deaths for a LIE?
They didn’t die for a lie – the SAW what they saw and they were willing to die for it.
They WITNESSED everything they preached about.
You see, there are THREE things that the Apostles WITNESSED that should convince you just as they convinced me:
My friend, if, like the apostles, you’re living in a territory occupied by Romans, who will chase you down and crucify you for what you PREACH, wouldn’t you rather save your life and stop preaching if you knew what you’re saying is a LIE? Why would you want to be crucified for a lie? What lie would you be willing to die for?
They SAW, they SAW, they SAW…all of these things…
Think of it this way: Muslim Jihadists kill and die because Muhammad has TOLD them so in the Koran. The apostles died for telling other people what they SAW.
Muhammad didn’t die for your sins – Jesus did. Buddha didn’t die for your sins – Jesus did. Obama wouldn't die for your sins - Jesus did.
And we have 11 witnesses who DIED telling the truth. The Left doesn’t want you to know any of this because they want to replace GOD with GOVERNMENT just to control you.
Jesus was and is the SAVING Son of God. The Apostles were only human. You wouldn’t knowingly die for a lie. Neither did they. They died for the TRUTH.
John 8:32: Then you will know the truth and the truth shall set you free
Author: Daniela R.
With the November 8th U.S. Presidential election results, there’s renewed hope that the incoming administration of Donald Trump will take down ISIS once and for all. Our hope is that President Trump will launch an effective attack that will annihilate ISIS for good.
However, things are not that simple – even when ISIS is defeated.
You see, the problem isn’t just ISIS. ISIS is, if anything, a symptom of something much bigger – and much worse.
In his now well-known 2014 Rosh Hashanah sermon, Atlanta Rabbi Shalom Lewis said:
‘There are one billion Muslims in the world and authorities agree that 5% are committed Islamists who embrace terror and wish to see, by any means possible, the Muslim flag over every capital, on every continent. I was relieved when I heard only 5%. Thank God it’s only 5%. Now I could sleep soundly. But wait…5% of a billion is 50 million Koran-waving, Allah Akbar-howling Muslim murderers out there planning to slit our throats, blow us up or forcibly convert us.’
Fifty million radical Muslims ready to kill you is a big problem, but the problem doesn't end there. The remaining Muslims also want a Muslim world - gradually dominating every corner of the earth. The problem is, as you can see, much bigger than just ISIS. And it can only be solved with one possible solution.
But before we go into solutions space, let’s remember why these radical Muslims hate us so much.
Their hate isn’t something new – and quite frankly, its origins have nothing to do with America, as the Left would have you believe.
Their hate started with Abraham and his two sons – Ishmael and Isaac in Genesis 16,21. According to the Bible God had promised Abraham to make him the father of great nations (Genesis 12:1-3). Abraham had no children at the time and since it was taking too long for him and his wife Sarah to conceive, Abraham, influenced by his wife, decided to take the problem into his own hands – something that is usually not advisable to do. Abraham and Sarah decided that their servant, Hagar, would bear Abraham’s son – Ishmael.
But Ishmael wasn’t the son God had promised. So what happened? This is very important, so please pay attention: An angel told Hagar that Ishmael ‘shall be a wild man; his hand shall be against every man, and every man’s hand against him’ (Genesis 16:12). Keep this in mind.
When Ishmael was 14, Sarah finally gave birth to the son God had promised – Isaac.
Things didn’t go all that well in the family and one day Ishmael was making fun of Isaac - Isaac was still a boy but Ishmael was a teenager. In a rage, Sarah kicked their servant and her son Ishmael out of the house. Ishmael, being the wild man he was growing up to be, never forgave Sarah or Isaac for this.
As time went by Ishmael and Isaac had children of their own. Almost all Arabs, including the founder of Islam Muhammad, look to Ishmael as their father and all Jewish people look to Jacob (or Israel, Isaac’s son) as their father.
You see, it all started almost 4000 years ago with the conflict between Isaac and Ishmael. From a racial perspective, this conflict is ongoing today.
But race isn’t the only problem – a new religious conflict started with the establishment of Islam in the AD 600s.
ISIS is against everybody whose religion differs from Islam and their hatred can be traced back to the founding of Islam.
How do we expect to finish ISIS off if this racial and religious conflict has been going on for thousands and thousands of years? You take out 50 million of Muslim terrorists, then what?
Defeating ISIS isn’t enough – we have to do something else.
ISIS’s mission is to take Muslims back to the Koran to restore the ‘purity’ of their religion as taught by Muhammad. These extremists have gone back in time to the seventh century. These are fanatics…fifty million of them. Most modern Muslims de-emphasize the teachings mandating jihad against infidels, the subjugation of women and the hatred of Jews and Christians - though they too want an Islamic world. But radical Muslims are ready to kill for Allah, as we all know.
Islam is far from being a religion of peace. Former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi, now a Christian scholar, has said this about Islam’s history of warfare:
‘Within two centuries of the advent of Islam, Muslim conquests expanded Islamic territory from the shores of the Atlantic well into the valleys of India. At the end of that era, the most influential hadith collectors gathered whole books documenting Muhammad’s conduct and commands during times of warfare. Shortly after them, the great Islamic jurists systematically codified “sharia”, Islamic law, devoting whole branches of jurisprudence to the proper practice of warfare.
For these reasons, no one can claim that “Islam is a religion of peace” in the sense that the religion has been historically devoid of violence, neither in its origins nor in the history of the global Muslim community. Apart from the first thirteen years of Islamic history, when there were not enough Muslims to fight, Islam has always had an elaborate practice or doctrine of war’.
Defeating ISIS isn’t enough. Violence and warfare is in Islam’s DNA. So what can we do?
First, we must remember who is in control – God. Ultimately we know God wins the battle between good and evil, so we must rest assured that those of us, Christians, will be just fine no matter what happens.
And second, we must witness – we must preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Reach out to your friends and expanded network. Jesus Christ had to come because there just was too much sin on this earth. There still is, but all of us who have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior are now saved from sin and death. To the extent that Christians get closer to Jesus and behave more like Jesus, we’ll be showing those who follow false religions what it is like to be a Christian. This is not on President Trump alone – this is a mandate to all of us. Muslim honor Jesus as a great prophet – we have a golden opportunity to witness that Jesus is, in fact, our Savior.
John 13:34: A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
Author: Daniela R.
In the last eight years, during the Obama Administration, we’ve seen a drastic shift in the way we’re supposed to live, according to the liberals. We now have gay marriage, transgender bathrooms, late term abortion….anything goes.
The left speaks of ‘tolerance’ and how we’re supposed to tolerate all these activities.
Tolerance, of course, is only applicable to these very specific activities – try praying in school and you’ll see how tolerant your school teacher really is.
The left has turned wrong into right and right into wrong.
Now, I’m not saying we shouldn’t tolerate gays and lesbians – they are free to do whatever they want to do in their bedrooms and quite frankly, I don’t care to know.
But what is the government’s role? Is the government’s role to IMPOSE these minorities’ lifestyles on us?
The role of the government is to promote what’s best for society
In school, they should promote respect and teach girls and boys to respect each other. To seek a good husband and wife to start a family. To refrain from sex until after they get married, if they don't want to complicate their lives unnecessarily. They should promote all of these things because they are much more likely to lead to a life full of joy.
Instead the Obama Administration and liberals promote promiscuity. Premarital sex. Homosexuality. Abortion. Teen pregnancy. All things that confuse children and are likely to lead to a life that's far more complicated than it needs to be, with negative economic implications that can be avoided.
The good news is some of these young people will go through so much pain, emotionally and physically, that they will find that the only answer is Jesus. But it doesn't have to be this way. I would encourage our young people to seek Jesus first and their lives will be so much more meaningful.
Nobody wants an abortion – not even pro-choice women. So why does the government promote premarital sex?
Why would any government want its people to be slaves to their sexuality, or food stamps, or predators? What’s in it for the government?
Well, let me tell you what’s in it for them.
Yes, control over you.
The more miserable you are, the more mistakes you make early in life, the more ‘weird’ you are, the lower your self-esteem, the more insecure you are…the easier it is to control you.
If you’re a single mom, you’re likely to need the government to survive.
If you’re a pregnant teenager, you’re likely to want the government to fund an abortion.
If you’re gay, you’re likely to want the government to approve of your sexual perversion. Let’s face it, it IS perversion to the extent that you're prioritizing sex in your life.
But ultimately, the government wants to make sure you’re as miserable as you can be so that you need it more.
You see, if you have a family that loves you, a good career or a prosperous business and friends, you’re truly FREE. You won’t need the government – you are joyful and your necessities are covered. Jesus has led you in the right direction.
Governments want slaves
To remain in power.
Everything career politicians do is intended to keep them in power. They don’t care that you’ll need food stamps, or a shrink to get by. They just want power and you're going to pay for it with your lack of opportunities, your liberty and your sanity. It's alright as far as they're concerned.
Think about it this way: no career politician has ever produced anything of real value that anyone would be willing to buy in the market place. They’re not the ‘producers’ – YOU are. They are the TAKERS.
They take your money and grow their own net-worth via political contributions or taxation. And they also STEAL OPPORTUNITIES from you. In school if instead of teaching you how to protect the turtles or the whales from God knows what they taught you to be careful and find a good wife and be a productive member of society, your chances at long-lasting joy would be much higher. But they don't want you to be joyful. They want you worried, poor and miserable.
In order to take more of your money and your freedom, they need to create chaos. In the 60's, it was drugs, sex and rock‘n roll. Now, it’s gay marriage and transgender bathrooms. The more confused you are, the easier you are to manipulate.
My friend, I’m not saying all career politicians are the same. In fact, only LIBERALS want you to be confused and a slave.
But you were born to be free.
God breathed life into you and He created you in His image.
Genesis 1:27-28: God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
And in Revelation 3:20 you read: Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
God gave you the freedom to choose Him. He’s knocking on your door right now. You don’t need the left. You just need God. He created you for a PURPOSE. Sex isn’t a purpose. It’s too small for you. You need something bigger – you’re so much more than just a sexual object. You’re valuable. You’re smart. Use your God given talents for GOOD, and start living a life full of joy!
You know how atheists think Christians are backward for having Faith – for believing in Jesus Christ, someone we’ve never seen, and Scriptures?
They think Genesis, the First Book of the Bible, is illogical – that evolution is science and that praying is a waste of time.
Since I used to be an atheist, turned agnostic and ultimately born again, I know all the excuses and arguments atheists present. Now, when I hear them, I simply feel sorry because I know there’s something I know which could save them that, unfortunately, they don’t know.
But what if I told you that atheists actually have faith too?
Let me give you a couple of examples:
People place their FAITH on other people, websites and professionals ALL THE TIME. They don’t even question sometimes whether or not they should actually trust them. Occasionally they find the hard way that perhaps they shouldn’t have trusted in the first place.
Sometimes operations go the wrong way
Sometimes the Insurance company doesn’t cover you as you thought.
And sometimes people flat out scam you.
And yet, trust is there.
But what makes it interesting, they trust people they DON’T KNOW and have NEVER SEEN.
As you know, on the plane example, passengers would even not be able to SEE THE PILOT at all. Or they are not able to SEE THE INSURANCE underwriter that priced his policy.
In other words, PEOPLE TRUST OTHER PEOPLE THEY NEVER SEE ALL THE TIME!
And yet, they think Christians are stupid! The SAME people who trust the pilot and who know the pilot is in the cockpit, say Christians are STUPID for believing in someone they can’t see!
What am I saying?
I’m saying that FAITH is a matter of the heart – it’s a matter of TRUST. And if you’re able to trust a pilot, you should be able to trust GOD even more!
John 14:6 : I’m the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Friend, if you can trust your doctor, you should definitely trust Jesus. I know that a doctor seems more real than Jesus, but think about this:
When you go to Buddha’s grave, who do you find? You find Buddha, of course.
When you go to Muhammad’s grave, who do you find? You find Muhammad, of course.
But when you go to Jesus’ grave, who do you find?
You find NOBODY
What does that tell you?
It tells you that Jesus was crucified, buried in His grave and RESURRECTED. He died on the cross for OUR SINS. And the fact that you won’t find Him in that grave tells you that the Bible is REAL.
Atheists have said that the body of Jesus must have been stolen and hidden by His followers, which explains why you won't find Jesus there. But Roman guards were guarding Jesus’ grave precisely to prevent that. These guards were in deep trouble because they FAILED. There was NO REASON for the guards to admit such failure – they would be EXECUTED as a result of this failure.
You see, people don’t lie to get themselves into trouble. They lie to get themselves OUT OF trouble. If you’re one of the guards, you won’t go to your commander and say ‘sorry, chief, I fell asleep and the body of Jesus was stolen’. You won’t do that simply because sleeping while on duty was punished by DEATH.
When Jesus blew the grave door open, these guards were terrified. They were in no mood to make up stories – they were going to be executed either way.
My friend, you have Faith. You have faith your doctor will save you and your taxi driver will take you to wherever it is your headed. That’s alright. But if you’re going to put your life in somebody’s hands, it should be Jesus’. He won’t disappoint you.
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